LIVESTRONG Will Survive Armstrong

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You might say I have some skin in this game.

As someone who has covered LIVESTRONG social media since 2009, and even fundraised for them, it seems obvious to me that the foundation will survive Lance Armstrong’s public doping scandal.

The voluntary move to separate Armstrong from LIVESTRONG came almost at the same time as Nike’s decision to pull sponsorship, in effect retaining the integrity of the LIVESTRONG community. The departure provided a clean break, an opportunity to stay on mission as opposed to suffering a long protracted struggle to reconcile Lance’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde public image.

This is not your average grassroots community, folks.

It is a die-hard loyal community of millions who have and continue to fight a mortal battle against cancer.

The community is managed by people, people like my friend Brooke McMillan, who care deeply about the various LIVESTRONG community loyalists on and offline, and interact with them closely every day.

You can see strong conversations and peer-to-peer influence continues in the face of this bitter cold wind.

Just visit the Facebook page today. You’ll notice it yourself.


Media pundits who question the foundation’s future have no idea what it’s like to be a part of or interact with this community.

LIVESTRONG may not be as forceful or present without Lance, but it will continue. The community’s commitment to supporting each other through the battle against cancer, to living well today, is unmatched.

That loyalty translates financially, too. LIVESTRONG community has already raised $500,000,000 to serve people facing cancer. CNN reported this weekend that LIVESTRONG saw its online store sales double since Lance Armstrong stepped down.

If you have someone close to you that survived or has passed away due to cancer, you know what I’m talking about.

My brother in law had a brutal form of cancer three years ago, and mercifully it went into remission after chemotherapy. But I will never forget how scary that time was for my sister and my then two-year old niece, as well as for his and our families.

LIVESTRONG is much more than Lance Armstrong.

It’s about surviving. And winning even if it’s for just today.

What do you think?

In addition to this post, I donated $100 to continue supporting the Foundation. You can donate to LIVESTRONG here.

  • Galaxier

    You did well to donate

    • geofflivingston

      Thank you!

  • Brian D. Meeks

    I spent much of my summer writing about my friend Steve Cannon who was running around Lake Michigan, to raise money for the LiveStrong foundation. He ran 40 marathons in 40 days. Over that time I learned a little about that group and everything was positive.

    I agree, they will survive, because most people can understand that the part of his life devoted to this cause is separate from the cycling. I, for one, will still always admire him and the work he has done for cancer survivors.

    • geofflivingston

      Thank you. I mean come on, the guy still survived cancer and helped his organization touch millions of lives.

      Do the ends justify the means? We know they don’t but, at the same time it’s a little silly to dismiss an entire body of work, especially when it’s helped so many people.

  • mike

    Even though I live far away from the United States, cancer and Livestrong’s mission is close to me. I also really appreciate your hard work. It wasn’t easy for me to cope with this matter. Thanks for this post. It would be great to hear it from Mr Lance Armstrong after these weeks: It’s about surviving. And winning even if it’s for just today.

    • geofflivingston

      Cancer is a serious, dangerous disease. I wish you well with your fight.

  • Scott

    Just change “for cancer research” to “to serve people facing cancer” and I’ll agree with you completely!

    • geofflivingston

      Yup, you’re right of course.

  • Geoff, one thing I’m still puzzled about is the $500 million figure for cancer research. Bill Gifford’s article for Outside suggests that the research $$ are much lower than that and most of the money has gone to other types of programs such as awareness or helping cancer patients cope with the disease.

    Has Gifford’s article been refuted or disproven?

    • geofflivingston

      I took that from a news story. You are correct!

  • Thanks for posting this Geoff. I think the whole thing is sad for so many people, and that Livestrong is fantastic all the same.

  • My grandpa passed away from cancer, leaving my Dad devastated. My grand dad was a strong guy, he was on his feet even on the very last day. We will never forget him, and I will devote substantial portion of my life to cancer prevention.

    Hope you and your families won’t have to go through the same things, me and my dad went through.

    • geofflivingston

      I am so sorry about your grandfather, but I am happy to hear you continue the fight. I hope you are right, that we don’t have a death from cancer. It’s brutal just watching people fight and survive.